Dear Writing Platforms: Promote My Articles First, Then Pay Me

I just want to write.

Shelly Fagan

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Dear Writing Platforms:

I thought what we writers want would be evident since the decision makers are members of the guild. Apparently, someone needs to spell it out because currently many platforms are jockeying for our content. I guess that falls to me to inform you that all of your membership programs suck.

I just want to write.

Your program should focus on making it easier for me to do this. It’s impossible to craft interesting articles and run a SEO business plus a social media campaign while working a full-time job. If I was interested in doing that shit, I could make a lot more money working in marketing.

What I want is a platform that frees me up from the social media aspect of the business and allows me to spend more time researching and producing great articles about timely subjects.

I don’t care about guaranteed payments.

What I want is guaranteed distribution.

Your platform becomes my partner who helps me build my following and then pays me for my traffic. In return, I give you content. If earning money is based on reader interaction, I expect you to promote my work.

Let me make this clear: I am willing to pay for the privilege. I am willing to pay for distribution of my articles to your readership.

It doesn’t matter if I earn a nickel or a dollar per read if no one sees the story. My primary concern is that your platform uses all its might in the public sphere to get my article in front of readers.

I am not paying you for hard drive space to store my writing.

Yes, I do promote my work on social media and it goes exactly no where because my measly 10,000 followers on Twitter or LinkedIn doesn’t compare to Medium’s reach of 100 million. I don’t want to spend my time learning about the various algorithms, gathering followers, or figuring out how to rescue my articles from Twitter’s sandbox. I don’t want to get out my crystal ball every time you announce a change so I can divine how you mysteriously curate stories.

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Shelly Fagan

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